John Pierce Blog

Remembering James Dunn

By John Pierce Fresh out of seminary in the early ’80s, it didn’t take long for me to discover the highlight of attending the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. It was simply listed in the extensive program as the Report from the Baptist Joint Committee on...

Nostalgic and critical

By John Pierce Dr. Bill Hoyt chaired the Religion and Philosophy Department at Berry College in the 1970s, when I was one of the few students on the world’s largest campus who chose such a major. It was a wonderful opportunity to benefit from a serious academic...

‘Courageous conversations’

By John Pierce Filmmaker Ken Burns, on a news show last week, called for a “courageous conversation” about race in light of the racially motivated murders of church members in Charleston, S.C. He referred to the legacy of the American Civil War that he captured so...

Ministering among mixed responses

By John Pierce There are those who are celebrating the Supreme Court decision on the legality of same-sex marriage. There are those who are deeply disappointed, even alarmed, by it. These persons often share the same profession of faith and even belong to the same...

Randall Lolley’s gifts — and ours

By John Pierce Those blessed to know Randall Lolley as seminary president, pastor, visionary leader and/or friend are aware of his many gifts. One is his insightful and effective communication of the Gospel. Now the gift of Dr. Lolley’s preaching will become a larger...

Pastoral words

By John Pierce Ministers across the nation this morning are offering pastoral words of hope, challenge and peace following the horrific, hate-driven murders of nine participants in a Charleston, S.C., Bible study. Finding understanding, however, is impossible. It just...

Nicknames

By John Pierce During a camping trip when we were teens, my best friend Dale peeled a bright orange, oval label from the package of meat we were about to grill and pressed it to his forehead. It simply read, “GROUND CHUCK.” Not only did the label stick; so did a...